2017 Racial Disparity Data Research

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What We’ve Done

  • Worked with the Planning Council to create custom reports within our Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to display entrance and exit data hinging on race and ethnicity.

  • Compared our local homeless response data to the CVCoC’s area census data to understand the composition of our community along with the composition of homeless response system users.

  • Assessed whether the programs within our homeless response system have biases towards specific groups based on race or ethnicity.

Recommendations

  • Increase diversity on CVCoC governing board to mirror CoC population (47% white, 42% Black or African American, 1% American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, and 6% Multiple Race).

  • Work with the entire CVCoC community to identify areas in the homeless response system that perpetuates biases or barriers to a particular race or ethnicity.

  • Create a shared understanding of the racial and ethnic composition of the CVCoC area.

  • Request that the Planning Council include a data section containing race and ethnicity specific data to intentionally track potential biases and barriers by data.

  • Review all CVCoC policies to ensure void of biases or barriers to a particular race or ethnicity.

  • Share our findings with local organizations and community groups outside of the homeless response system to raise awareness and collaboration.

Strategies

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